President will lay out fresh ideas for speeding up job growth next month But $1.1m tour bus, compared to Darth Vadar's helmet, was made in Quebec Vehicle has on-board device capable of controlling nuclear weapons New bid to to pass road construction bill and extend payroll tax cut Republican hopeful Michele Bachmann makes Elvis gaffe in South Carolina President is in Illinois today before returning to Washington
Barack Obama will lay out new ideas for speeding up job growth in a major speech in early September, according to a senior administration official.
But the President's plan has been undermined by news the $1.1m bus he is using to tour the country was made in Canada.
The big black coach has already drawn fire for its imposing appearance - it has been likened to Darth Vadar's helmet, a police mortuary truck, and called the Battle Bus from Mordor - and the revelation the vehicle was made by Quebec-based company Prevost will dent Mr Obama's chances of reviving his flagging polls.
The President is using the bus, purchased by the Secret Service, to tour the Midwest and he is today giving two speeches in Illinois focused on how to get the 9.1 per cent unemployment rate down.
His fresh plans to be unveiled next month, expected right after the September 5 Labor Day holiday, are likely to contain tax cuts, jobs-boosting infrastructure ideas and steps that would specifically help the long-term unemployed.
The senior administration official emphasised that all of Mr Obama's proposals would be new, not rehashes of plans he has pitched for many weeks and still supports, including his 'infrastructure bank' idea to finance construction jobs